Although there have been reports to the contrary, Glee head honcho Ryan Murphy told Ryan Seacrest this morning that Britney Spears will “one hundred percent” be appearing on the show during her tribute episode. Listen to the interview and find details below, y’all!
The Britney performance numbers will all be fantasy sequences, dreamed up by the kids as they all are under anesthesia during a trip to the dentist (played by John Stamos, Emma’s new boyfriend).
Murphy explained that the episode will not focus on any of the more tragic or outrageous parts of Britney’s private life. “The Britney episode is so reverential about her, and so kind and it’s about her music,” Murphy told Seacrest. “It’s not about her personal life.”
Listen to the interview here—there’s a bit of back-and-forth on Ryan’s film Eat Pray Love, but they quickly get to the Glee stuff:[wpaudio url="http://idolator.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/ryanmurphy081010_1281453846_1547.mp3" text="Ryan Seacrest interviews Ryan Murphy" dl="0"]
“I think Britney Spears is pop culture, and I think she’s been through a lot,” he continued. “And I want to do something that just sort of says, ‘You know what, thank you for what you’ve done. And we’re encouraging you to continue to be doing as fantastic as you are.’ We’re handling Britney with kid gloves.”
We suppose avoiding all the more salacious bits of Brit’s life might be an additional reason Matthew Morrison is no longer shedding his locks in reference to Britney’s infamous haircut fiasco from 2007.
There’s no word yet just exactly what Britney will be doing—will she sing? Dance? Just appear in a cloud of smoke? In any case, it will be fabulous, and she’ll probably be more convincing playing herself than she was as an office assistant on How I Met Your Mother.
More Glee news? The highly buzzed about post-Super Bowl episode will either be a tribute to The Beatles, Michael Jackson or Prince. Start your betting now! Our money is on The Beatles, since Paul McCartney has been more than happy to lend his songs to the Fox show, and even Murphy says “at this point, it’s really hard to clear Michael Jackson music.”